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United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

United States – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw from December 12-20. On December 12 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will underscore the importance of U.S.-Slovak bilateral relations and urge senior Slovak officials to use their upcoming chairpersonship of the OSCE to strengthen … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia court orders 30-day custody for former spy chief

SKOPJE, Macedonia— A former Macedonian intelligence chief has been taken into custody for a minimum of 30 days after judicial authorities considered him a flight risk to potentially avoid standing trial over a major wiretapping scandal. The remand order, announced Wednesday, was issued for Saso Mijalkov who headed state security agency UBK for nearly a … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia court orders 30-day custody for former spy chief

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Macedonian police sought the country’s former prime minister late Monday, looking to arrest him to begin serving a two-year prison term following his conviction on corruption-related charges. Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski told The Associated Press that police issued a warrant for Nikola Gruevski’s arrest on instructions from Macedonia’s criminal court. On … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Low voter turnout celebrated in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on Macedonia’s referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 8:00 p.m. The prime minister of Macedonia has declared a referendum on changing the country’s name a “success for democracy and for a European Macedonia,” and plans to address citizens again once results and final turnout figures … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Low voter turnout celebrated in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Opponents of Macedonia name change cheer low voter turnout

SKOPJE, Macedonia — A referendum on changing the nation of Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership attracted tepid voter participation Sunday, a blow to the prime minister’s hopes for a strong message of support. Election officials reported that at 6:30 p.m., half an hour before poll-closing time, the turnout … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Opponents of Macedonia name change cheer low voter turnout

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout in Macedonia name vote under 29 percent

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on Macedonia’s referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Macedonia’s state election commission says voter turnout for a referendum on changing the country’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership stood at 28.8 percent two hours before polls close. State … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout in Macedonia name vote under 29 percent

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Low voter turnout at Macedonian referendum

SKOPJE, Macedonia — A referendum on changing the nation of Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership attracted tepid voter participation Sunday, with turnout standing below 29 percent two hours before polls close. Macedonians were voting on whether to accept a government deal with Greece to end a dispute dating … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Low voter turnout at Macedonian referendum

SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout for Macedonian name change vote is low

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Latest on Macedonia’s referendum on a name change for the country (all times local): 3 p.m. A Macedonian election official says turnout in Macedonia’s name change referendum stood at 16 percent six hours before the polls close. Macedonians are voting on whether to accept a deal with neighboring Greece under which … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | The Latest: Turnout for Macedonian name change vote is low

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Thousands march to promote vote for Macedonia name deal

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Thousands of people have marched in Macedonia’s capital to promote support for changing the country’s name in an upcoming referendum that also could clear the way for NATO membership. The referendum scheduled for Sept 30 will seek voter approval of a June agreement with Greece to rename the small Balkan nation “North … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Thousands march to promote vote for Macedonia name deal

SKOPJE, Macedonia | EU’s Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Thursday added her voice to a string of western officials urging the people of Macedonia to vote in a referendum on a deal with Greece that could enable the former Yugoslav republic’s NATO and EU accession. Speaking in the capital, Skopje, Federica Mogherini said Macedonians … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | EU’s Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia opposition says name change an issue of conscience

SKOPJE, Macedonia— Macedonia’s conservative opposition leader has told supporters to vote “with their conscience” in an upcoming referendum on changing the country’s name. The opposition is strongly against changing the country’s name to “North Macedonia,” a move meant to resolve a longstanding dispute with Greece, and had been widely expected to urge a “no” vote … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia opposition says name change an issue of conscience

SKOPJE, Macedonia | NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change

SKOPJE, Macedonia — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has arrived in Macedonia before a referendum planned in the country on whether to change its name and resolve a long-standing dispute with alliance member Greece. Stoltenberg landed in the capital on Wednesday and is due to meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and other political leaders on … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | NATO chief visits Macedonia before referendum on name change

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia celebrates the invitation to join NATO

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Thousands of people have gathered in 15 cities in Macedonia to celebrate an invitation that NATO recently extended to this Balkan nation to become the 30th member of the military alliance. NATO leaders formally invited Macedonia earlier this week to start membership talks, with the condition that membership can’t be completed until … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia celebrates the invitation to join NATO

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian lawmakers ratify Greece name deal again

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement. A total 69 lawmakers in the 120-strong parliament approved the deal, under which the country would be renamed “North Macedonia.” All lawmakers from the conservative main … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian lawmakers ratify Greece name deal again

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Conservatives protest in Macedonia, demand early election

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Tens of thousands of conservative opposition supporters are protesting outside Macedonia’s main government building in the capital of Skopje to demand an early election. The VMRO-DPMNE party, which ruled from 2006 to 2017, was holding a large anti-government demonstration Saturday against the left-wing government’s one-year rule and wants an early election held … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Conservatives protest in Macedonia, demand early election

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Greece, Macedonia see progress at name change talks

SKOPJE, Macedonia | April 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece say they have achieved progress in talks aimed at resolving a name dispute between the two countries by the end of June. Nikola Dimitrov of Macedonia and Greece’s Nikos Kotzias met Thursday at the lakeside resort of Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Greece, Macedonia see progress at name change talks

Macedonia takes emergency measures against air pollution

SKOPJE, Macedonia/January 08, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Macedonian authorities have made public transport temporarily free for all in the capital Skopje, as part of a batch of emergency measures to fight high air pollution levels. The government said Monday that pollution in Skopje was recorded at more than four times above safety levels and that it has decided to … Continue reading Macedonia takes emergency measures against air pollution